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Traditional Welsh Cawl

Traditional Welsh Cawl recipe, eat well on universal credit

This recipe will feed 4 easily, we’ve frozen several portions.

For the Stock:-


Lamb Bones
1 Onion, roughly chopped
1 Carrot, roughly chopped
1 Stick of Celery, roughly chopped
2 Bay Leaves
A handful of Parsley and stalks, chopped
2 Springs of Rosemary
2 Springs of Thyme
1 Tsp of Salt
1 Handful of fresh Sage
1 Tsp of Peppercorns
1 Handful of Mint, chopped
Oil to roast


(1) Roast the Vegetables and Bones for 30 minutes. With a little bit of Oil.
(2) Transfer to a large pan and cover with water.
(3) Add the Herbs and season.
(4) Bring to the boil then reduce the heat to simmer for 4 hours.
(5) Leave to cool, strain and place in the fridge overnight.
(6) Before starting the Cawl, remove from the fridge and skim the fat from the top.

For the Cawl:-

For the Cowl Ingredients:-

500g of Diced Shoulder of Lamb
1 Large Onion, diced
1 Small Swede, diced
2 Large Carrots, diced
3 Potatoes, Peeled and cubed
2 Leeks, thickly sliced
2 Tsp of Mint Sauce
1 Handful of fresh Parsley, chopped
Salt & Pepper to season
Oil to fry
Lamb Stock (Above) to cover


(1) Fry the Onions in a little Oil until softened.
(2) Add the Stock and bring to the boil.
(3) In a separate pan brown the Lamb on all sides in a little Oil.
(4) Transfer the Lamb to the pan with the Stock.
(5) Simmer for 30 minutes.
(6) Add the Swede then after 10 minutes add the Carrots.
(7) After a further 5 minutes add the Potatoes.
(8) Continue to cook over a low heat.
(9) When everything is almost cooked add the Leek, Mint Sauce, Parsley and season with Salt & Pepper.
(10) Continue to simmer until the Leeks are softened.
(11) Serve in a big bowl with a chunk of Bread with Cheese melted over it.

The hint of Mint with the Lamb really worked. We’re having a bit of a break from Leeks for a day or so however. Windy City here!